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Barberitos, Wise Guys add to dining pleasure
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Jan Moore
    The food beat goes on as two new restaurants prepare to open in Statesboro this week – Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina in the Market District, and Wise Guys in the original Pizza Inn location on Highway 301 South.
    Barberitos is owned and operated by Statesboro residents, Jenny and Jeremy Coulter. Jenny Coulter left her career as an oncology nurse to manage the new restaurant.
    "Jeremy and I go to Athens several times a year and always eat at the Barberitos there," Coulter said. "When the opportunity came available to put a franchise of the restaurant here in Statesboro, we jumped at it. We just love their food."
    Coulter said Barberitos prides itself on the freshness of its food.
    "We don't even have a freezer," she said. "We will receive fresh food deliveries almost every day. We cut the chicken, beef, and tofu, shred the lettuce and cheese, and make our salsa fresh every single day."
    "It's very labor intensive, but it shows in the end product," Coulter said. "The food is just great. We will even have jerk fish tacos on Fridays. I can't tell you how excited we are."
    Coulter promised one of the cleanest restaurants around.
    "As a nurse, I am sort of obsessed with cleanliness," she said. "I can't help it."
    From southwestern fare to little Italy, Wise Guys is going to be fun to watch. It is being opened by Chad Mays, a recent Georgia Southern grad, with his brother, Chris, and mother Janice as somewhat silent partners.
    Mays said his restaurant is going to be a "rocking rolling pizza joint."
    With a fabulous mural painted behind the new stage that has been constructed, Mays said his Wise Guys House of Pizza Pie will have bands playing most nights beginning around 10 p.m.
    "This going to be a restaurant for everybody," Mays said. "Bring your family and have a great pizza. If you love live music, show up around 9:30 and you will see some great performers."
    Mays said he will have 20 some odd beers on tap, mostly foreign, in addition to a full bar. And, he isn't kidding about his music. Within minutes of speaking with him, you can tell he loves his music.
    For the grand opening on the 25th of this month, Mays has booked Devon Allman, Greg Allman's son, to come and perform.
    For those of us who grew up here, it looks like the old Pizza Inn could be the hang out again (for our children – such is life). The gauntlet may have been passed. We will have to wait and see.
    Until next week, I bid adieu.

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